Thursday, 30 April 2015

Program updates

AutoCAD 2016

It's that time of year. Autodesk has released its post-dated update of its software AutoCAD 2016. The new program is available for a 30 day trial.

Thankfully, the optional VBA enabler which allows the use of Visual Basic programming is available as an add-on for at least another year despite this no longer being supported by Microsoft. The VBA enabler is required if you want to run user-defined macros such as those that I have written to Import/Export points in AutoCAD or to Transform drawings (Scale, Rotate and Move) in one easy operation.

VBA 2016 does not appear to be any different from 2015. However, I have updated, run and checked the macros in AutoCAD 2016 and they can be downloaded here

Having downloaded and installed the trial, despite some minor cosmetic changes, the core program appears to remain similar to previous versions.  

PDF Editors

A colleague of mine is due to venture into the world of steel erection as an Engineer. Whilst reviewing the National Steel Structures Specification document found on my website, it appears to be "print-locked". [View document]

However, this leads to a recommendation for an online PDF Password and Restriction unlocker. PDFUnlock is similar to another program that I often use, PDFJoin, which does what it says.  After uploading several PDF documents, they are then joined online ready for download.

I find this is handy for sending multiple documents in an email or even adding/swapping pages within a document.

Point to Plane

Finally, I had noticed recently that I did not have a "Point to Plane" program for Excel, although I had one for the Casio fx-7400. I have now written this and will add this to the website at the weekend. In addition to calculating the shortest distance between the point and plane, the program also calculates the co-ordinates of the perpendicular point.

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